China Rising: Australia's Policy Options

National Security College | Professional course
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China has assumed the role of a major geopolitical actor. Australia needs to understand key aspects of China’s development, worldview and outlook in order to negotiate shifts in strategic weight and economic influence. This course is a critical conversation on the implications of a rising China for Australia’s interests.

Course date: 
4–5 April 2018
#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

Two day program (introduction + deep dive) The fee for this course is $2,250 (GST ex) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,700 (GST ex).

One day program (deep dive only) A fee of $1,300 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $1,600 (GST ex).

Course overview

This two-day course looks at challenges and opportunities arising from China’s role as a major geopolitical actor. It explores key aspects of China’s development, worldview and outlook, including the state of the economy and key economic drivers, political dynamics and social challenges, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

Scope and content

Day 1 of the course will introduce participants to China’s place in the world and its relationship with Australia. This includes understanding China in historical context, its development path, China’s regional and global relations, and the shape of the bilateral relationship.

Building on this introduction, Day 2 will be a deep dive into the key issues facing China, the choices China must make, the choices for major powers including the US, and the choices for Australian policymakers. Participants at this course will explore the following issues:

  • Pathways for the Chinese economy, polity and society
  • Drivers of Chinese strategic and foreign policy
  • Geo-economics in Chinese external policy
  • China’s security capabilities and influence

Who should attend?

This course is designed for officers from all departments and agencies, as well as professionals, analysts and leaders from other organisations, who would benefit from a deeper understanding of China, the implications of China’s rise for Australian public policy and Australian national security interests in particular.

“I really enjoyed the course, and found it to be highly relevant to my work area. The course coordinators made efforts throughout the two days to ensure that the course was tailored to the group’s interests as conveyed through our questions. I would recommend this course to anyone whose job touches on the Australia-China interaction in a national security setting.”

Course details

  • Two day non-residential, fully-catered course.
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
  • Course Timings: 8:30am - 5:00pm

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“The course was exceptionally good for someone, like me, who’s engaging with China more frequently but only has general knowledge and a limited viewpoint. I’ve recommended this as a preferred and valuable course in my work unit.”

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